Over the River & Through the Woods

Over the River & Through the Woods

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by Philip Brunelle
     
 

Among the unheralded themes of the U.S. radio program A Prairie Home Companion has been its intermittent treatment of classical music, which host Garrison Keillor seems to want to rescue from the clutches of formality. On the program itself he has featured opera singers, violin virtuosos, male quartets, college choirs, and more, all with the aim of showing the ways… See more details below

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Among the unheralded themes of the U.S. radio program A Prairie Home Companion has been its intermittent treatment of classical music, which host Garrison Keillor seems to want to rescue from the clutches of formality. On the program itself he has featured opera singers, violin virtuosos, male quartets, college choirs, and more, all with the aim of showing the ways classical music has been and remains integrated into the fabric of American life. This two-disc release, a recording of a live event from late in the year 2004 (Keillor works in a few cracks about the re-election of President George W. Bush that fall), expands on this theme. It's a bit hard for the potential buyer to get an idea of the contents from the cover. This is not a collection of Thanksgiving songs, although Keillor's spoken material is centered on the holiday. Nor is it a Prairie Home Companion episode, although it comes complete with a monologue about Keillor's fictional Minnesota hometown of Lake Wobegon on disc two. Instead, Keillor sets gospel music, broadly defined, in juxtaposition with contemporary small-ensemble choral music, sung by the Minneapolis ensemble VocalEssence, in order to see how they bump up against each other on the same program, lubricated by Keillor's brand of homespun humor. The gospel side is taken by the so-called Hopeful Gospel Quartet, made up of Keillor himself and his frequent guests, folk singers Mollie O'Brien and Robin and Linda Williams. This group is excellent on country gospel songs like "I Am a Pilgrim," and they are familiar with the rhythms of Keillor's satires; here he adds new texts to liturgical forms such as psalms. These artists and plenty of other folk-oriented singers have sung the pieces from the African-American gospel tradition, as well, but one wonders why another Keillor collaborator, gospel vocalist Jearlyn Steele, couldn't have been included on pieces like "Pops" Staples' "You Don't Knock."" The range of pieces performed by VocalEssence is similarly wide, ranging from contemporary Finnish music to common hymns, and the kinds of harmony singing present in the program as a whole emerge as a spectrum rather than as a division. The market for this release among listeners of A Prairie Home Companion is obvious, but it may prove interesting even for listeners beyond that circle (although a basic familiarity with what Keillor does is probably necessary). The engineering of A Prairie Home Companion is another one of its unsung virtues, and the live recording here is exemplary.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/13/2009
Label:
Clarion
UPC:
0040888093725
catalogNumber:
937
Rank:
224621

Tracks

  1. Will the Circle Be Unbroken  - American Traditional  - Garrison Keillor  - Garrison Keillor  - Garrison Keillor  - Philip Brunelle  - Robert Herrick  - Glenn Koponen  - Jaakko Mäntyjärvi  - Charles Kemper  - Richard Dworsky  - Mary Ann Pulk  -  Hopeful Gospel Quartet  - Roebuck "Pops" Staples  - William Westbrook
  2. Goodbye to My Uncles, song  - Garrison Keillor  - Garrison Keillor  - Garrison Keillor  - Garrison Keillor  - Philip Brunelle  - Robert Herrick  - Glenn Koponen  - Jaakko Mäntyjärvi  - Charles Kemper  - Richard Dworsky  - Mary Ann Pulk  - Roebuck "Pops" Staples  - William Westbrook
  3. Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing  - American Traditional  - Garrison Keillor  - Garrison Keillor  - Garrison Keillor  - Philip Brunelle  - Robert Herrick  - Glenn Koponen  - Jaakko Mäntyjärvi  - Charles Kemper  - Richard Dworsky  - Mary Ann Pulk  -  VocalEssence Ensemble Chorus  -  Hopeful Gospel Quartet  - Roebuck "Pops" Staples  - William Westbrook
  4. Walking in the Spirit, song  - Judy Marshall  - Garrison Keillor  - Garrison Keillor  - Garrison Keillor  - Philip Brunelle  - Robert Herrick  - Glenn Koponen  - Jaakko Mäntyjärvi  - Charles Kemper  - Richard Dworsky  - Mary Ann Pulk  -  Hopeful Gospel Quartet  - Judy Marshall  - Roebuck "Pops" Staples  - William Westbrook
  5. Over the River and Through the Woods, spoken monologue: Welcome  - Garrison Keillor  - Garrison Keillor  - Garrison Keillor  - Garrison Keillor  - Philip Brunelle  - Robert Herrick  - Glenn Koponen  - Jaakko Mäntyjärvi  - Charles Kemper  - Richard Dworsky  - Mary Ann Pulk  - Roebuck "Pops" Staples  - William Westbrook
  6. For the Beauty of the Earth (tune Dix)  - Conrad Kocher  - Garrison Keillor  - Garrison Keillor  - Garrison Keillor  - Philip Brunelle  - Robert Herrick  - Glenn Koponen  - Jaakko Mäntyjärvi  - Charles Kemper  - Richard Dworsky  - Mary Ann Pulk  - Roebuck "Pops" Staples  - William Westbrook
  7. I Am a Pilgrim, song  - Merle Travis  - Garrison Keillor  - Garrison Keillor  - Garrison Keillor  - Philip Brunelle  - Robert Herrick  - Glenn Koponen  - Jaakko Mäntyjärvi  - Charles Kemper  - Richard Dworsky  - Mary Ann Pulk  -  Hopeful Gospel Quartet  - Roebuck "Pops" Staples  - William Westbrook
  8. Pursuit of Happiness, song for vocal ensemble (from "Poor Richard Madrigals")  - Randall Davidson  - Benjamin Franklin  - Garrison Keillor  - Garrison Keillor  - Garrison Keillor  - Philip Brunelle  - Robert Herrick  - Glenn Koponen  - Jaakko Mäntyjärvi  - Charles Kemper  - Richard Dworsky  - Mary Ann Pulk  -  VocalEssence Ensemble Singers  - Roebuck "Pops" Staples  - William Westbrook
  9. Morning Has Broken, song  - Garrison Keillor  -  Traditional  - Garrison Keillor  - Garrison Keillor  - Philip Brunelle  - Robert Herrick  - Glenn Koponen  - Jaakko Mäntyjärvi  - Charles Kemper  - Richard Dworsky  - Mary Ann Pulk  - Roebuck "Pops" Staples  - William Westbrook
  10. He's Right on Time, song  - Dorothy Love Coates  - Garrison Keillor  - Garrison Keillor  - Garrison Keillor  - Philip Brunelle  - Robert Herrick  - Glenn Koponen  - Jaakko Mäntyjärvi  - Charles Kemper  - Richard Dworsky  - Mary Ann Pulk  -  Hopeful Gospel Quartet  - Dorothy Love Coates  - Roebuck "Pops" Staples  - William Westbrook
  11. Over the River and Through the Woods, spoken monologue: A Psalm  - Garrison Keillor  - Garrison Keillor  - Garrison Keillor  - Garrison Keillor  - Philip Brunelle  - Robert Herrick  - Glenn Koponen  - Jaakko Mäntyjärvi  - Charles Kemper  - Richard Dworsky  - Mary Ann Pulk  - Roebuck "Pops" Staples  - William Westbrook
  12. Zion's Walls, song for voice & piano (Old American Songs II)  - Aaron Copland  - Garrison Keillor  - Garrison Keillor  - Garrison Keillor  - Philip Brunelle  - Robert Herrick  - Glenn Koponen  - John G. McCurry  - Jaakko Mäntyjärvi  - Charles Kemper  - Richard Dworsky  - Mary Ann Pulk  -  VocalEssence Ensemble Chorus  - Roebuck "Pops" Staples  - William Westbrook
  13. Rivers of Babylon, song  - Frank Farian  - Garrison Keillor  - Garrison Keillor  - Garrison Keillor  - Philip Brunelle  - Robert Herrick  - Glenn Koponen  - Jaakko Mäntyjärvi  - Charles Kemper  - Richard Dworsky  - Mary Ann Pulk  -  Hopeful Gospel Quartet  - Brenton Dowe  - Frank Farian  - Roebuck "Pops" Staples  - William Westbrook
  14. Nachtklänge II ("O Herbst"), for chorus  - Fanny Mendelssohn  - Garrison Keillor  - Garrison Keillor  - Garrison Keillor  - Philip Brunelle  - Joseph (Karl Benedikt) Freiherr von Eichendorff  - Robert Herrick  - Glenn Koponen  - Jaakko Mäntyjärvi  - Charles Kemper  - Richard Dworsky  - Mary Ann Pulk  -  VocalEssence Ensemble Singers  - Roebuck "Pops" Staples  - William Westbrook
  15. Calling My Children Home  - Dale Lawson  - Garrison Keillor  - Garrison Keillor  - Garrison Keillor  - Philip Brunelle  - Robert Herrick  - Glenn Koponen  - Jaakko Mäntyjärvi  - Charles Kemper  - Richard Dworsky  - Mary Ann Pulk  -  Hopeful Gospel Quartet  - Doyle Lawson  - Charles Waller  - Roebuck "Pops" Staples  - Robert Yates  - William Westbrook
  16. Over the River and Through the Woods, spoken monologue: Another Psalm  - Garrison Keillor  - Garrison Keillor  - Garrison Keillor  - Garrison Keillor  - Philip Brunelle  - Robert Herrick  - Glenn Koponen  - Jaakko Mäntyjärvi  - Charles Kemper  - Richard Dworsky  - Mary Ann Pulk  - Roebuck "Pops" Staples  - William Westbrook
  17. Cantata No. 207, "Vereinigte Zwietracht der wechselnden Saiten," BWV 207 (BC G37): Praise, O Praise the Great Creator  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Garrison Keillor  - Garrison Keillor  - Garrison Keillor  - Philip Brunelle  - Robert Herrick  - Glenn Koponen  - Jaakko Mäntyjärvi  - Charles Kemper  - Richard Dworsky  - Mary Ann Pulk  -  VocalEssence Ensemble Chorus  - Roebuck "Pops" Staples  - William Westbrook
  18. Couldn't Keep It to Myself, spiritual  -  Traditional Spiritual  - Garrison Keillor  - Garrison Keillor  - Garrison Keillor  - Philip Brunelle  - Robert Herrick  - Glenn Koponen  - Jaakko Mäntyjärvi  - Charles Kemper  - Richard Dworsky  - Mary Ann Pulk  -  Hopeful Gospel Quartet  - Roebuck "Pops" Staples  - William Westbrook
  19. Anthem for Thanksgiving ("O Praise the Lord of Heaven")  - William Billings  - Garrison Keillor  - Garrison Keillor  - Garrison Keillor  - Philip Brunelle  - Robert Herrick  - Glenn Koponen  - Jaakko Mäntyjärvi  - Charles Kemper  - Richard Dworsky  - Mary Ann Pulk  -  VocalEssence Ensemble Chorus  -  Hopeful Gospel Quartet  - Roebuck "Pops" Staples  - William Westbrook
  20. Over the River and Through the Woods, spoken monologue: Thanksgiving Recollections  - Garrison Keillor  - Garrison Keillor  - Garrison Keillor  - Garrison Keillor  - Philip Brunelle  - Robert Herrick  - Glenn Koponen  - Jaakko Mäntyjärvi  - Charles Kemper  - Richard Dworsky  - Mary Ann Pulk  - Roebuck "Pops" Staples  - William Westbrook
  21. Elijah (Elias), oratorio, Op. 70: Thanks Be to God (from  - Garrison Keillor  - Felix Mendelssohn  - Garrison Keillor  - Garrison Keillor  - Philip Brunelle  - Robert Herrick  - Glenn Koponen  - Jaakko Mäntyjärvi  - Charles Kemper  - Richard Dworsky  - Mary Ann Pulk  -  VocalEssence Ensemble Chorus  - Roebuck "Pops" Staples  - William Westbrook
  22. El Hambo (Mäntyjärvi) / You Don't Knock (Staples, Westbrook) / Light from the Lighthouse (Traditional)  - Various Composers  - Garrison Keillor  - Garrison Keillor  - Garrison Keillor  - Philip Brunelle  - Robert Herrick  - Glenn Koponen  - Jaakko Mäntyjärvi  - Charles Kemper  - Richard Dworsky  - Mary Ann Pulk  -  VocalEssence Ensemble Singers  - William Joseph Westbrook  -  Hopeful Gospel Quartet  - Roebuck "Pops" Staples  - William Westbrook
  23. A Thanksgiving to God, for His House, motet  - Dominick Argento  - Garrison Keillor  - Garrison Keillor  - Garrison Keillor  - Philip Brunelle  - Robert Herrick  - Glenn Koponen  - Jaakko Mäntyjärvi  - Charles Kemper  - Richard Dworsky  - Mary Ann Pulk  -  VocalEssence Ensemble Singers  - Roebuck "Pops" Staples  - William Westbrook
  24. Over the River and Through the Woods, spoken monologue: Monologue  - Garrison Keillor  - Garrison Keillor  - Garrison Keillor  - Garrison Keillor  - Philip Brunelle  - Robert Herrick  - Glenn Koponen  - Jaakko Mäntyjärvi  - Charles Kemper  - Richard Dworsky  - Mary Ann Pulk  - Roebuck "Pops" Staples  - William Westbrook
  25. Psalm 23 ("Gott ist mein Hirt"), for female voices & piano, D. 706 (Op. posth. 132)  - Franz Schubert  - Garrison Keillor  - Garrison Keillor  - Garrison Keillor  - Philip Brunelle  - Robert Herrick  - Glenn Koponen  - Jaakko Mäntyjärvi  - Charles Kemper  - Richard Dworsky  - Mary Ann Pulk  -  VocalEssence Ensemble Singers  - Roebuck "Pops" Staples  - William Westbrook
  26. How Great Thou Art (Tune: O store Gud)  - Garrison Keillor  -  Anonymous, Swedish  - Garrison Keillor  - Garrison Keillor  - Philip Brunelle  - Robert Herrick  - Glenn Koponen  - Jaakko Mäntyjärvi  - Charles Kemper  - Richard Dworsky  - Mary Ann Pulk  -  Hopeful Gospel Quartet  - Roebuck "Pops" Staples  - William Westbrook
  27. Now Thank We All Our God  -  Anonymous  - Garrison Keillor  - Garrison Keillor  - Garrison Keillor  - Philip Brunelle  - Robert Herrick  - Glenn Koponen  - Jaakko Mäntyjärvi  - Charles Kemper  - Richard Dworsky  - Mary Ann Pulk  - Roebuck "Pops" Staples  - William Westbrook
  28. Irish Heartbeat, song  - Van Morrison  - Garrison Keillor  - Garrison Keillor  - Garrison Keillor  - Philip Brunelle  - Robert Herrick  - Glenn Koponen  - Jaakko Mäntyjärvi  - Charles Kemper  - Richard Dworsky  - Mary Ann Pulk  -  Hopeful Gospel Quartet  - Roebuck "Pops" Staples  - William Westbrook

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